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Reports: Harper spurns D-backs rivals Dodgers, Giants to sign with Phillies

He spurned the Dodgers, Padres and Giants.

Shortly after the former MVP signed a record 13-year, $330 million contract to join the Phillies, Harper responded to a congratulatory message from running back Le'Veon Bell by recruiting the soon-to-be free agent to join the Eagles.

Philadelphia's willingness to go up to 13 years is what eventually got the deal done, even if it was for a lower average annual value of slightly over $25 million. None of the money is deferred, and he gets a full no-trade provision. Manager Gabe Kapler will have fun writing out the lineup card with numerous combinations at his disposal.

Jon Heyman, who broke the Harper story, tweeted Thursday another batch of Phillies rumors that have picked up traction. Is he gonna hit home runs in that park?

But while the Nationals advanced to the playoffs in four of Harper's first six seasons, they did not reach the postseason previous year, finishing a disappointing 82-80, while ending the season eight games back in the National League East.

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It's hard to imagine the newly built Phillies' offense will come anywhere close to repeating a awful 2018 in which it finished tied for last in batting average (.234), tied for the third most strikeouts (1,520), 23rd in slugging percentage (.393) and tied for 21st in runs scored (677). After months of rumors, deliberations, and discussions, the 26-year-old outfielder is headed to Philadelphia. Harper made his major league debut in 2012, when he hit 22 home runs and drove in 59 runs en route to winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Bring as many titles as we can to the greatest city in the world.

Kimbrel would obviously make the Phillies better in the back-end of ballgames.

Harper will undergo a physical Friday, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

Harper became a free agent after turning down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Washington Nationals.

Now, the only question is, how much will baseball's top talent, Mike Trout, earn when his time on the free agency market arrives?

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